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First Glance: Reborn as a Merchandising System, I Now Wander the Dungeon

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Alternative title(s): Jidou Hanbaiki ni Umarekawatta Ore wa Meikyuu wo Samayou
Light Novel Adaptation by Studio Gokumi, AXsiZ
Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

Vending equipment Ironically, a mishap between an otaku and a vending machine results in his death. He returns as a vending machine to a fantastical setting. a vending device.

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Jel’s verdict: Sorry, you can’t eat potato chips for dinner

Sincerity be told, there is nothing in this episode that I would have changed. They were able to come up with some amusing hooks, such as requiring the main character to only use canned vending machine words or the fact that he must continue selling in order to survive. Though thematically, this felt like the best they could have done given the quantity of video game-esque numerical talk that dominated the discussion.

The issue is that even pushing this flimsy premise to its best extent is insufficient. Our protagonist (who would later go by the moniker “Boxxo”) trades goods with a medieval fantasy video game character, who exclaims, “Oh wow, this is good!” Repeat as necessary. It made me think of Restaurant to Another World or another of those food-related isekai programs that likewise failed to hold my attention. Although it’s amusing enough to watch and your primary character being a vending machine with enormous anime eyes adds a certain originality, I need more reasons to keep watching.

In the end, it appears that this is a concept that sounds good on paper but falls flat when put into practice. I don’t believe there is enough substance here to continue unless they can uncover another perspective I’m overlooking.

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